Emily Hutcheson

Email: hutcheson2@wisc.edu

Advisor: Lynn K. Nyhart


I grew up in Singapore and Florida. My dissertation is an intellectual history of the concept of coral reefs as living, ecological units. My work connects to larger questions in the history of science including how knowledge circulates and who contributes to knowledge creation. I am interested in the history of biology and science and gender studies. I spoke about my research while I was a Fellow at the Linda Hall Library, you can view the 40 min talk here: https://www.lindahall.org/videos/


M.A., History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
M.A., History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State Univ., 2014
B.A., Biology, Yale University, 2009


  • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
  • Southeast Asian History

Working Dissertation Title

  • “The Living Seas: Marine Algae, Symbiosis and the Modern Conception of Coral Reefs 1880-1930”

Selected Publications

Courses Taught as TA

  • History of Science 132 – Bees, Trees, Germs and Genes: History of Biology 1800-present
  • History of Science 133 – Biology and Society 1950-Present